Green Fortune – Growing Khat Culture in eastern Ethiopia

A man is chewing, as women prepare bags of khat for sale at the khat market in Harar.

Green Fortune – Growing Khat Culture in eastern Ethiopia

Two peasants with the characteristic reaping hooks return from their fields, where they harvested small amounts of khat for personal use before the friday prayer. Near Aweday, Ethiopia.

Green Fortune – Growing Khat Culture in eastern Ethiopia

Khat fields dominate the mountains and highlands around Harar and all eastern Ethiopia.

Green Fortune – Growing Khat Culture in eastern Ethiopia

A farmer smiles while chewing khat together with friends and family members before friday prayer in a small village near Aweday, Ethiopia. Khat has become an important social factor in the Harargey region with people meeting up for chewing multiple times a day.

Green Fortune – Growing Khat Culture in eastern Ethiopia

A young man carries a bundle of Khat to the Khat Market of Aweday, Ethiopia. The city, between Harar and Dire Dawa, has become the center of the ethiopian Khat trade.

Green Fortune – Growing Khat Culture in eastern Ethiopia

Men trying to sell high quality Khat in Aweday, Ethiopia. The city, between Harar and Dire Dawa, has become the center of the ethiopian Khat trade.

Green Fortune – Growing Khat Culture in eastern Ethiopia

Workers unload a truck with Khat in Aweday, Ethiopia. The city, between Harar and Dire Dawa, has become the center of ethiopian Khat trade.

Green Fortune – Growing Khat Culture in eastern Ethiopia

Workers carry bundles of Khat at the market of Aweday, the center of the ethiopian Khat trade.

Green Fortune – Growing Khat Culture in eastern Ethiopia

An old man in the streets of Harar grinding up Khat in a mortar, because he can't chew it anymore.

Green Fortune – Growing Khat Culture in eastern Ethiopia

An old woman in the streets of Harar. The UNESCO world heritage city is world-renowned for it's splendud coffee, but has also become a center of ethiopias extensive khat culture and trade.

The Hyena Men of Harar, Ethiopia

Father and Son - Hyena feeders Yusuf Mume Saleh (55) and Abbas Yusuf Saleh (19) at their farm outside the city wall of Harar, Eastern Ethiopia.

The Hyena Men of Harar, Ethiopia

A Hyena gazes as Abbas Yusuf Saleh (19), the son of the retired Hyena feeder Yusuf Mume Saleh, feeding Hyena outside the old city of Harar, eastern Ethiopia. The tradition of feeding wild Hyena in Harar developed from an old tradition of predicting the coming year by feeding porridge to a pack of hyena about ten kilometers off the city. As jussuf Mume tells, it was also an attemt of some local farmers to prevent the hyena from attacking people, by keeping them well fed.

The Hyena Men of Harar, Ethiopia

Tourists wait as Abbas Yusuf Saleh (19, left), the son of the retired Hyena feeder Yusuf Mume Saleh, calls the Hyena for feeding outside the old city of Harar, eastern Ethiopia. The tradition of feeding wild Hyena in Harar developed from an old tradition of predicting the coming year by feeding porridge to a pack of hyena about ten kilometers off the city. As jussuf Mume tells, it was also an attemt of some local farmers to prevent the hyena from attacking people, by keeping them well fed.

The Hyena Men of Harar, Ethiopia

Abbas Yusuf Saleh (19), the son of the retired Hyena feeder Yusuf Mume Saleh, feeding Hyena outside the old city of Harar, eastern Ethiopia. The tradition of feeding wild Hyena in Harar developed from an old tradition of predicting the coming year by feeding porridge to a pack of hyena about ten kilometers off the city. As jussuf Mume tells, it was also an attemt of some local farmers to prevent the hyena from attacking people, by keeping them well fed.

Falcon Feeding at Harar Meat Market
Falcon Feeding at Harar Meat Market
Reinventing Addis - A City under Construction; Addis Ababa, May 2014

A worker on a hotel tower construction site in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Reinventing Addis - A City under Construction; Addis Ababa, May 2014

Addis Ababa undergoes rapid urbanization. Ethiopia's Capital is stuffed with construction sites and infrastructure projects.

Reinventing Addis - A City under Construction; Addis Ababa, May 2014

Addis Ababa undergoes rapid urbanization. Ethiopia's Capital is stuffed with construction sites and infrastructure projects.

Reinventing Addis - A City under Construction; Addis Ababa, May 2014

Addis Ababa undergoes rapid urbanization. Ethiopia's Capital is stuffed with construction sites and infrastructure projects.

Reinventing Addis - A City under Construction; Addis Ababa, May 2014

Addis Ababa undergoes rapid urbanization. Ethiopia's Capital is stuffed with construction sites and infrastructure projects.

Reinventing Addis - A City under Construction; Addis Ababa, May 2014

Addis Ababa undergoes rapid urbanization. Ethiopia's Capital is stuffed with construction sites and infrastructure projects.

Reinventing Addis - A City under Construction; Addis Ababa, May 2014

Addis Ababa undergoes rapid urbanization. Ethiopia's Capital is stuffed with construction sites and infrastructure projects.

Reinventing Addis - A City under Construction; Addis Ababa, May 2014

Addis Ababa undergoes rapid urbanization. Ethiopia's Capital is stuffed with construction sites and infrastructure projects.

Reinventing Addis - A City under Construction; Addis Ababa, May 2014

Addis Ababa undergoes rapid urbanization. Ethiopia's Capital is stuffed with construction sites and infrastructure projects.

Reinventing Addis - A City under Construction; Addis Ababa, May 2014

Addis Ababa undergoes rapid urbanization. Ethiopia's Capital is stuffed with construction sites and infrastructure projects.

Ethiopian National Day in Harar
Ethiopian National Day in Harar
Ethiopian National Day in Harar
Ethiopian National Day in Harar
Ethiopian National Day in Harar
Mount Fentale Crater, Awash National Park
Born Free Foundation Ethiopia: Ensessakotteh Wildlife Rescue Center

Andrea and Janu, the so called Italian lions, cuddle inside their enclosure at the Born Free Wildlife Rescue Center Ensessakotteh. The orphaned lion brothers where brought up by the Deputy Head of Mission and his wife at the Italian Embassy in Addis Ababa, but handed to Born Free as they grew. Born Free Foundation's Ensessakotteh Wildlife Rescue Center provides a safe haven for rescued Wildlife from all over Ethiopia and is the first of it's kind in the country.

Born Free Foundation Ethiopia: Ensessakotteh Wildlife Rescue Center

Project coordinator Stephen Brend with one of the wildlife keepers, and rescued lion Dolo in the Ensessakotteh Wildlife Rescue Center. Born Free Foundation's Ensessakotteh Wildlife Rescue Center provides a safe haven for rescued Wildlife from all over Ethiopia and is the first of it's kind in the country.

Born Free Foundation Ethiopia: Ensessakotteh Wildlife Rescue Center

Dolo, a lion rescued by Born Free Foundation in 2007, in his enclosure at the Ensessakotteh Wildlife Rescue Center. Dolo was kept on a one meter long chain for the first four years of his life. After an interim home at the awash national park during the development of Ensessakotteh, he was eventually moved there. He now enjoys a spacious, natural enclosure which offers peace and quiet and many shady spots under acacia trees. Born Free Foundation's Ensessakotteh Wildlife Rescue Center provides a safe haven for rescued Wildlife from all over Ethiopia and is the first of it's kind in the country.

Born Free Foundation Ethiopia: Ensessakotteh Wildlife Rescue Center

One of Born Free Foundations Wildlife Keepers working on the fence of the cheeta enclosure, at Ensessakotteh Wildlife Rescue Center. Born Free Foundation's Ensessakotteh Wildlife Rescue Center provides a safe haven for rescued Wildlife from all over Ethiopia and is the first of it's kind in the country.

Born Free Foundation Ethiopia: Ensessakotteh Wildlife Rescue Center

Dolo, a lion rescued by Born Free Foundation in 2007, in his enclosure at the Ensessakotteh Wildlife Rescue Center. Dolo was kept on a one meter long chain for the first four years of his life. After an interim home at the awash national park during the development of Ensessakotteh, he was eventually moved there. He now enjoys a spacious, natural enclosure which offers peace and quiet and many shady spots under acacia trees. Born Free Foundation's Ensessakotteh Wildlife Rescue Center provides a safe haven for rescued Wildlife from all over Ethiopia and is the first of it's kind in the country.

Ethiopian Stories

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- 2014

A variety of stories, covered during an internship at the German Press Agency (dpa) office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.